To-do list: 12 events to check out in Bellaire-Meyerland-West University

"Flower Power" is a new immersive large-scale installation  that debuts this month as part of Rice University's public art program. (Courtesy Moody Center for the Arts)
"Flower Power" is a new immersive large-scale installation that debuts this month as part of Rice University's public art program. (Courtesy Moody Center for the Arts)

"Flower Power" is a new immersive large-scale installation that debuts this month as part of Rice University's public art program. (Courtesy Moody Center for the Arts)

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Here is a look at some of the arts exhibits, performances and other activities around the Bellaire-Meyerland-West University area in March and April.

MARCH

01: 'Flower Power'

A new immersive large-scale installation of brightly colored, cut and painted organic forms at Rice University’s M.D. Anderson Biology Building debuts this month. It is open to visitors as part of the university’s public art initiative. Free; paid visitor parking is available on the Rice campus. 6100 Main St., Houston. 713-348-2787. https://moody.rice.edu

06: 'Prehistoric Beasts'


Houston Zoo will unveil “Prehistoric Beasts,” an exhibit of animatronic predators and their real, modern-day descendants, on view through Sept. 6. Animals include an 8-foot-tall Terror Bird, a sabertooth tiger with 11-inch-long canines, T-Rex’s larger cousin the Gigantosaurus and more. $29.95 (adult), $25.95 (child). 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston. 713-533-6500. www.houstonzoo.org

10: Conversations with Latinx Entrepreneurs

General Assembly, a website offering training in tech, data, design, business and more, will host a virtual panel discussion with Houston leaders as they share stories about their heritage, failures and success. Panelists will include Lina Mateus Forero, founder & CEO of Digi-Clicks & Simply Mom To Be; Alex Moreno, partner success manager of The Ion; and Luciana Alvear, CEO of TechKnowBot. 6-7 p.m. Free. www.generalassemb.ly

Through March 11: 17th Annual Houston Jewish Film Festival

The Evelyn Rubenstein Community Center is hosting the 17th Annual Houston Jewish Film Festival, which shines a spotlight on Jewish and Israeli culture, art and history. All films are viewable through the community center’s online platform within the set viewing window listed with the film from 7 a.m. on the first day through 11:59 p.m. on the last day. Select films also include a Q&A with the director. Access to three films costs $25. www.erjcchouston.org

11: ‘Dusk Night Dawn: Notes on Courage’

Brazos Bookstore will host a virtual webinar where participants will get the opportunity to chat with Anne Lamott, author of “Dusk Night Dawn,” which explores issues of life and faith by breaking them down into digestible questions for readers to ponder. The first 150 tickets sold will include a signed copy of the book. 6 p.m. Tickets are $20. 713-523-0701 www.brazosbookstore.com

12: Virtual Hot Pilates

Evelyn’s Park offers a virtual high-intensity interval training workout all from the comfort of your own home. Participants can expect an hourlong, full-body workout designed to strengthen muscles, increase flexibility, and improve overall health. The class is little to no impact and is safe for all ages and skill levels. Participants only need a yoga mat and water. Free to attend via Facebook Live link. 5 p.m. www.evelynspark.org

13: Prelude Concert Series

Levy Park hosts the Prelude Concert Series, a 45-minute music experience geared toward babies, toddlers and preschoolers as well as grownups. The performances come from the Prelude Music Classes for Children’s curriculum, which focuses on creativity, self-expression and development. 4:30 p.m. Free. 3801 Eastside St., Houston. www.levyparkhouston.org

18: Sisterhood Judaism Through the Arts

Congregation Emanu El is hosting a virtual Judaism Through the Arts program as it explores the Art Nouveau ornamental style that flourished between 1890 and 1910. Museum of Fine Arts Houston curators will present the Art Nouveau aspects of a Gustav Klimt-inspired painting by Hermen Camarasa and stained glass windows by Louis Comfort Tiffany. 1-2 p.m. Free (registration required). 713-529-5771. www.emanuelhouston.org

20: Meet the animals

The Hana and Arthur Ginzbarg Nature Discovery Center offers an interactive session aimed at giving participants an in-depth introduction to reptiles, including their behavior and ecology. To ensure better social distancing, sessions are limited to 10 participants. Advance registration is required. 1-1:45 p.m. $5. 7112 Newcastle St., Bellaire.

www.naturediscoverycenter.org

20: Run Houston! Minute Maid Park

Registration is open for the virtual portion of the race, which is open to participants of all ages. The race is part of the Run Houston! series created to showcase unique venues throughout the Houston area. Each race in the series features a family-friendly atmosphere and offers a 5K and 10K, as well as a 1K run for children. $30 before 11:59 p.m. March 7. www.runhouston.com

APRIL

10: Keep Houston Beautiful Day

Keep Houston Beautiful, the city’s leading organization in beautification, litter reduction and recycling education, will host the 2021 iteration of Keep Houston Beautiful Day, dedicated to removing litter and debris from neighborhoods and parks, sprucing up community gardens, planting trees and general beautification efforts. Groups of 20 or fewer per location or individuals are welcome to register. Deadline to register is March 26. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. www.houstonbeautiful.org

Through April 25: Structuring Surfaces

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston hosts its first exhibition devoted exclusively to internationally celebrated Cuban American artist Carmen Herrera, who turned 105 in May. The exhibition, “Carmen Herrera: Structuring Surfaces,” showcases more than 30 works from the 1960s to the present, including paintings, drawings, prints, wall structures and objects. Price included with general admission tickets. 1001 Bissonnet St., Houston. www.mfah.org
By Hunter Marrow
Hunter Marrow came to Community Impact Newspaper in January 2020. Before that, Hunter covered local news in Ontario, OR for three years, covering municipal issues, crime, and education across Malheur County and across the border into Idaho.